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System and Method for Map Population and Geofencing based on Images

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235996D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a method and system by which a user can use one or more photographs as input for a map search query. The system searches all the geo-tag images and identifies the images that are similar in pattern, and draws a boundary in electronic map.

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System and Method for Map Population and Geofencing based on Images

Existing methods allow users to search electronic maps with text-based input. Users can also tag media contents with electronic maps, as well as upload and tag photographs. Geo-tagged photographs can be used to perform sophisticated map searches.

The novel contribution is a method and system by which a user can use one or more photographs as input for a map search query. The system displays the search results on an electronic map with appropriate boundaries. The system can also identify similar images based on the image query and possible a contextual meaning of the image, such as done by a common internet search engine.

Following are the implementation steps

1. Based on image-based image search, the system finds the images from the map, which are geo-tagged

2. The system clusters the images based on similar location (e.g., if images have multiple similar visual features, then images are found in a common place). The system can use Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) data for existing images found in the search.

3. As the system knows the geo co-ordinate tag of the searched images, it can a boundary and display it in an electronic map

4. The system also shows concentrations on the map (e.g., darker colors, etc.) where the item is found most often

In an example embodiment, the user is searching with a photographic image of a maple tree in an electronic map. The system searches all the geo-tag images a...